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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kaleleka'anae

This is a photograph of an artwork by H. Kawainui Kane thats posted at the Pali Lookout.

The battle at Nu'uanu, also known as "Kaleleka'anae", took place in the late 1700's at the "Pali Lookout". This battle, won by King Kamehameha I, united the hawaiian islands. An estimated 400 men died during this conflict.
About 14 Photographs were taken along the old Pali road that over looks the new Pali road and Pali tunnel. In the 1800's, horses and carriages were used to traverse this trecherous Ko'olau cliff that connected Honolulu to the Windward side. Today, the tunnel and paved roads allow for much easier passage. One superstition suggest bad luck will come to the driver that has pork in his/her car when traveling through this tunnel. In another, a woman in white can be see in the rear view mirror at night while driving through this area. During the construction of the road in the late 1800's a lot of bones and skulls from Kaleleka'anae (Nu'uanu Battle) were unearthed. The lookout is also known for its extremely strong winds. A California man who attempted suicide by jumping off this cliff was blown back to the scrubs along side the cliffs edge.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anne said...

Hehehe at first glance i thought it was an actual photo :) What I don't get is why it is bad luck to have pork when you pass by the tunnel?

Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 8:57:00 PM HST  
Blogger Kala said...

Hi Anne, I'm actually not sure why Pork and not chicken or fish, but that was what we are told while growing up. Here is a link I just found on the question:
Pork and Pali

Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 9:03:00 PM HST  
Blogger Sam said...

What a gorgeous painting!!

Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 9:46:00 PM HST  
Blogger Mark said...

What a dramatic painting,quite scary.Had a look at the photos and once again all I can say is 'what a gorgeous place you live in'

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 3:09:00 AM HST  
Blogger Mark said...

Today I'm running the funny caption of the week competition over at Sainte Maxime DP.

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 1:05:00 PM HST  
Blogger Denton said...

I remember the wind.

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 5:05:00 PM HST  
Blogger Felicia said...

It's nice to know the history of the tunnel. I'd feel a little spooked driving through knowing what has happened there. And of course there would be no pork in the car.

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 6:59:00 PM HST  
Blogger Felicia said...

P.S. I like the "new" blue background on your blog!

Monday, June 5, 2006 at 7:00:00 PM HST  
Blogger irshal said...

This is very cool - those of us on the "mainland" rarely get to learn about Hawai'i. I look forward to learning more ;)

Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 8:26:00 AM HST  

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